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On March 15th 2017 MEDAC was privileged to co-host together with the Bertelsmann Foundation a book launch on the occasion of their timely prestigious publication entitled ESCAPING THE ESCAPE – EUROPE AND THE REFUGEE/ MIGRATION CRISIS.
Since the end of the Cold War and especially since the upheaval in the Arab World in 2011 there has been a tremendous increase in the number of displaced persons across the Southern Shores of the Mediterranean and beyond. The sea-change in the international relations of the Mediterranean has unleashed horrific humanitarian consequences throughout the Maghreb and Mashreq resulting in the untold suffering of millions of people as they seek to escape from the nightmare they are facing in their own countries.
This excellent and timely publication offers us the necessary insight to help us adopt a more effective policy making strategy to mitigate the human suffering caused by the illegal trafficking of human beings we are witnessing on a daily basis across our Mediterranean. Professor Stephen Calleya, Director of MEDAC, delivered welcoming remarks and Mr. Kevin Mahoney, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security of Malta, delivered the keynote Introductory Remarks. The book launch main panel consisted of Ms. Mariam Safi, Afghanistan, founding director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS); Abdulkader S. Mohammad, Eritrea, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Oslo; Ziad Majed, Lebanon, associate professor at the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University in Paris; Zakariya El Zaidy, Libya, protection team leader for the Danish Refugee Council in Libya; J. Shola Omotola, Nigeria, professor of Political Science at the Federal University Oye Ekiti in Nigeria; and Amira Ahmed Mohamed, Sudan, assistant professor at the Department of International Development and Social Change at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
and was moderated by Dr. Christian Hanelt, Senior Expert, Europe and the Middle East of the Bertelsmann Foundation. MEDAC Students and Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Malta participated in a lively debate that followed the series of country presentations.  



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